Apr 18, 2014, 6:03 PM EDT
Wilson Ramos took a key step Friday in his return from a broken bone in his left hand, taking light swings for the first time since suffering the injury on Opening Day and reporting no discomfort.
“No pain,” the Nationals catcher said. “Not sore. It just feels a little weak.”
Ramos broke the hamate bone in his left hand during the Nationals’ March 31 opener in New York and had surgery two days later to remove the small bone near the outside part of the wrist. He had stitches removed Monday and has been working on squeezing exercises to increase his strength.
Ramos took things up a notch Friday when he took five swings to test the hand. He described the swings as “nice and easy,” certainly nowhere close to the force he would generate facing a live pitcher.
He noticed how much more difficult it was to swing the bat, compared to pre-injury.
“That was a little bit hard,” he said. “Trying to control the bat is hard. But day-by-day, it will be better.”
There’s no formal timetable for Ramos’ progression from here. He was expected to miss roughly six weeks after suffering the injury, which would place his return sometime around May 10-15.
Ramos, who missed significant time due to injuries in both 2012 and 2013, admittedly is antsy to return to the Nationals’ lineup.
“A lot,” he said. “After last year on the DL, 2012 too, right now I’m trying to do everything right. But I want to be on the field. During spring training I was doing great, feeling healthy. After that, I was down a little bit. But I’m going to keep working hard, try to get back soon.”
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FRI: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
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